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Opportunity Village Oakey Campus

Here are some photos taken in September from Opportunity Village Oakey Campus when the Creative Abundance ladies from Ohio did a week long workshop there. Susan and Patty did an In-Service day for the OV staff, then 3 days of workshops with the OVIPs. I had mentioned to Susan and Patty there was a play written for my children’s chapter book, Scary Spring, about the characters in the book. The ladies decided to make giant puppet creations in their workshops modeled after those characters: Pete, the 11-year-old main character, a chicken, a chicken car, mean old Mr. Chester, and a Punk Rock Teenager. On the final day of the workshops, while I read an excerpt from Scary Spring, the OVIPs did an amazing Puppet Parade then danced to some fab Fifties music. Such a magical day at Opportunity Village.





Las Vegas Kids’ Writer C.A. Hartnell Partners with Opportunity Village During this Holiday Season

The Gift of Giving

“Dig That Crazy Santa Claus,” “What Child is This?” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” played on car radios and Hi-fi stereos throughout the month of December, 1955, in El Monte, California, and in the pages of the award-winning book, Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks, by local Las Vegas kids’ writer, C.A. Hartnell. Readers eight-years-old and up, will take a blast to Christmas past in this historical, fiction chapter book and receive a holiday treat!

Follow Hartnell’s main characters, eleven-year-old neighbors, Pete and Carol Ann, during December of 1955, through Wild Winter’s pages that abound with holiday cheer and lessons about the gift of giving. These All-American kids cruised with teen-aged drivers by brilliantly lighted seasonal scenes. Christmas stockings had been hung on fireplace mantels and doors. While “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” played, certain circumstances turned Pete and Carol Ann’s season of joy and giving into a wild winter.

Hartnell’s Wild Winter is book four in The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann series. Actual events in Hartnell’s childhood inspired all four books: Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955; Sinister Summer: Cars, Cruisers, and Close Calls; Ferocious Fall: Our Wild Weather Escapes; Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks. Each book in the series earned a 2013 Mom’s Choice Silver Award honoring excellence, and a Literary Classics International 2014 Gold Book Award Best in Category for Best Chapter Book Series. The judges from Literary Classics gave the book series their Seal of Approval and the following reviews: “Highly recommended for school and home libraries.” “Good old-fashioned stories with good old-fashioned values.”

Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks, the final book in the series, finds best friends, Pete and Carol Ann, planning a Christmas Pageant to raise money to give to needy families in their 1955 community while they work to discover the crooks who are stealing their money and holiday joy. With fun and suspense, Hartnell transports readers back in time. Today, Hartnell’s love of community and giving shines forth both in her chapter book, Wild Winter, and her volunteer activities for Opportunity Village of Las Vegas, Nevada, and their community of clients. Hartnell gives of her time on the Opportunity Village Foundation Board, attending OV events, and decorating Christmas trees in the OV Magical Forest at 6300 West Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas. She decorates the trees with retro ornaments, Wild Winter book covers, and signs that encourage kids to read for “Reading is a Gift.”

Hartnell’s four, award-winning books for kids can be purchased in the Opportunity Village Gift Cabin at the Magical Forest with a percentage of purchases going to OV, at www.amazon.com, in bookstores, and at her website: http://cahartnell.com/buy-now.html. While the characters in Hartnell’s book, Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks, give gifts, work to solve a Christmas mystery, and help needy folks in their 1950s community, Hartnell along with the Las Vegas community discover holiday joy by supporting the Magical Forest that helps Opportunity Village serve intellectually disabled adults . . . a wonderful gift of giving.

Las Vegas Children’s Book Author Wins Literary Classics Award

LAS VEGAS—(November 4, 2014)—Children’s book author C.A. Hartnell has earned the 2014 Literary Classics Award for Best Chapter Book Series. The four-book series, set in the 1950s, includes the titles Scary Spring, Sinister Summer, Ferocious Fall and Wild Winter. Winners were announced on October 15, 2014. Hartnell lives and writes in Las Vegas and focuses much of her writing on the 1950s and the important cultural and historical events of the period. In the award-winning series, timely topics include the polio scare, unpredictable weather and the enduring meaning of friendship. Her readers are children from ages eight to eleven and their parents and grandparents.

Hartnell is a Baby Boomer who grew up in the 1950s. She remembers the time as being fun and magical but also challenging. “In my books, I tell stories that take readers into a fascinating time in the past to teach them important values like courage, honesty and perseverance. I’m very honored to have received the Literary Classics Award for my series. I hope that my books will continue to provide a way for kids and adults to engage and connect through reading. Winning this award is not only a great honor, it’s an important step towards my goal of helping to make that kind of communication happen.”

ABOUT C.A. HARTNELL

C.A. Hartnell writes award-winning historical fiction for children. Her latest series of four books is set in the 1950s and includes stories about polio, patriotism, diners, Route 66 and rock ‘n’ roll. She is a member of four writers’ organizations and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hartnell is also the proud owner of Hawksride, a 1937 chopped-top, flame-painted and carefully restored Ford hot rod, which she uses to promote her books. More information about Hartnell and her books is available at http://cahartnell.com.

ABOUT LITERARY CLASSICS

Literary Classics and Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards and Reviews were created by Taj Mahal Publishing Inc., a division of Wildflower Press and publishers of Mud Pie Parenting Magazine, a Midwestern publication. When the editors of Taj Mahal Publishing first set out to help promote excellence in children’s literature, they discovered the challenges in sorting through all the children’s books on the market. With the insurgence of books being released through the self-publishing market, it became increasingly apparent that now, more than ever, parents were in need of resources to help filter through all the books available to children and young adults. Literary Classics Book Awards and Reviews were created for two reasons; to help authors gain recognition for their work and to help parents find the best in literature for children and young adults. More information is available at www.clcawards.org.

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Las Vegas Children’s Book Author Wins Award for Best Website

LAS VEGAS (June 23, 2014)—Las Vegas author C.A. Hartnell writes for kids and understands that, today, most of them do much of their reading online. Consequently, she puts a great deal of creatively and thought into her website. The effort paid off when www.cahartnell.com won a 2014 eLit Silver award for Best Author Website. The annual independent eLit awards recognize the best in English language entertainment digital publishing. The Jenkins Group, Inc., a Michigan-based book publishing company, has presented the popular Independent Publisher Book Awards since 1996 and the eLit Awards for five years.

“I’m just delighted to have won this award because my website is really the point of contact for so many of my young readers and their parents and grandparents. It’s a key element in my branding and uses the design elements of the fifties to communicate that I write children’s fiction focusing on the cultural and historical events of that amazing period,” Hartnell comments, “Of course, my website is an ongoing project and next year, I hope to win the gold!”

ABOUT C.A. HARTNELL
C.A. Hartnell writes award-winning historical fiction for children. Her latest series of four books is set in the 1950s and includes stories about polio, patriotism, diners, Route 66 and rock ‘n’ roll. She is a member of four writers’ organizations and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hartnell is also the proud owner of Hawksride, a 1937 chopped-top, flame-painted and carefully restored Ford hot rod, which she uses to promote her books. More information about Hartnell and her books is available at http://cahartnell.com.

ABOUT ADVERTISING & MARKETING SOLUTIONS, INC.
Advertising & Marketing Solutions, Inc. was founded in Las Vegas in 1995 to provide outstanding personalized services to every one of its clients. The agency is proud to be known in the community for creativity, quality work and winning results. Services include strategic marketing and advertising development, campaign creation, media planning and buying, public relations, special events and web services. More information is available at http://www.amsinclv.com.

C.A. Hartnell Selling Her Historical Fiction for Children at the 2nd Annual Wild West Cross Country 5K Challenge

Hooray for a special day and place! Race, walk, and watch at Bonnie Springs Ranch, north of Las Vegas, Nevada, the setting for the 2nd Annual Wild West Cross Country 5K Challenge on Saturday, March 29, 2014. All proceeds support the Nevada Diabetes Association’s Camp Vegas which provides a week of activities for kids 7 to 17. Cheering from the sidelines will be Las Vegas children’s author, C.A. Hartnell, selling her historical fiction for children at the event.

Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955, Sinister Summer: Cars, Cruisers, and Close Calls, Ferocious Fall: Our Wild Weather Escapes, and Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks are the terrific titles of Hartnell’s chapter book series. Her 11 year-old main characters, Pete and Carol Ann, race around their El Monte neighborhood solving mysteries and helping each other like modern-day kids. The characters would have loved a race to raise money that helps kids have fun at a cool camp. In Sinister Summer, Pete planned to attend Gold Arrow Camp where he could swim, play, and hunt for ancient arrowheads.

Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955 places Pete and Carol Ann in a scary story dealing with polio and the polio vaccine. Though diabetes and polio are different diseases, Pete and Carol Ann would want to help kids with diabetes. In the book series, Pete and Carol Ann talk about a different kind of racing. They race to school and watch hot rod races. This 5K is a chance to help through racing! Author C.A. Hartnell is thrilled to support the Nevada Diabetes Association’s Camp Vegas through Bronze and water sponsorships. Join her and watch the 2nd Annual Wild West Cross Country 5K Challenge race at beautiful Bonnie Springs Ranch.

Realistic Fiction Books for Kids

My very special 1950s childhood was spent doing all the things I write about in my four-book series, Realistic Fiction Books for Kids called The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann. Like my main characters, Pete and Carol Ann, when I was outside, I played marbles, dodgeball, hopscotch, hide and seek, and hot potato. Playing with paper dolls kept me inside and so did reading books. As a young child I loved to look at and read Golden books with the titles; Nurse Nancy, Little Red Caboose, and Three Little Kittens. I especially liked to turn my Golden Books over to look at the story cartoon characters that bordered the edge of each book back. A puppy, funny taxi cab, smiling train, sleepy bear, and the saggy, baggy, gray elephant characters fascinated my childhood imagination. I liked looking at the back of each Golden Book almost as much as I enjoyed the colorful pictures and words contained inside.

When I started reading chapter books, I enjoyed the adventures of The Bobbsey Twins, Trixie Beldon, Nancy Drew, and The Hardy Boys. These exciting main characters played games, traveled, had friendships, were well-mannered, curious, courageous, heroic, and solved mysteries.  All these fictional, fantasy characters became role models for me and I wanted to be just like them! They inspired me so much that I wrote four books about two All-American kids, Pete and Carol Ann, who are friendly, fun-loving, well-mannered, curious, and courageous. I like to think that my characters are modeled after some of these heroes and mystery-solvers from my childhood adventures into reading. Special, endearing, and exciting books shaped me into the person I am today. Take a blast to the past and enjoy the adventures of Pete and Carol Ann in my four chapter books: Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955, Sinister Summer: Cars, Cruisers and Close Calls, Ferocious Fall: Our Wild Weather Escapes, and Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks which were written from fond memories of my childhood as a curious, young girl who loved reading books.

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